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IU Sustainable Hoosier Communities Meeting Friday
Updated January 24, 2017 1:47 PM
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(BEDFORD) - Indiana University is launching its Sustainable Hoosier Communities pilot program in Lawrence County.

The initiative forges partnerships with local communities and leaders to explore, understand and resolve regional challenges.

The first public meeting will be held on Friday, at 1 p.m. in the Northwest Assembly Hall at StoneGate Arts and Education Center North, located at 405 I Street.

"Through SHC, Indiana University can provide research, expertise, teaching and service of faculty, staff and students to work collaboratively to improve the health, prosperity and vitality of our region," says Marla Jones, business and community development director for the City of Bedford.

IU faculty, staff and someone from Iowa Sustainable Communities will speak at the meeting which is scheduled to last for about 90 minutes.

Those attending are asked to RSVP, Debbi Andry at Bedford City Hall or send an email to

The University will also be working with Brown, Crawford, Daviess, Dubois, Greene, Martin, Monroe, Orange, Owen and Washington counties to implement the Sustainable Communities Program.

The pilot is funded by a planning grant from the Lily Endowment Inc. as one of six focus areas for proposed IU Center for rural excellence. The Sustainable Community Initiative will begin in the fall of 2017.

"The sustainability challenges explored will be driven by the unique needs of the community as identified in meetings with community leaders," says Jones. "We will need to provide the topics which they will then match up with their expertise. It can be anything from bridges, intersections, trails, to cattle."

IU professors and students will work with the communities to match classes with community projects that produce results for participating groups and municipalities.

Jones says, it is not limited to just city or county government projects but things that civic and clubs are interested in getting help with.

Indiana University will work across disciplines inside and out of the academia to re-define the delivery of higher education, conduct applied and policy-relevant research and serve the public in the design and development of sustainable, resilient and livable cities.

For more information about the Sustainable Hoosier Communities in Lawrence County, contact Marla Jones at (812) 279-6555 or email her at or Bill Brown at (812) 855-1822 or email him at

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